Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA]


(Record Group 512)
1935-93

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 512.1 Administrative History
  • 512.2 General Records of the Health Services and Mental Health Administration 1971
  • 512.3 Records of the Bureau of Health Professions and its Predecessors 1935-93
    • 512.3.1 General records
    • 512.3.2 Records of the Division of Dental Health
    • 512.3.3 Records of the National Advisory Health Manpower Council (NAHMC)
  • 512.4 Records of the Division of Emergency Health Services (DEHS), Federal Health Programs Service (FHPS) 1953-74
    • 512.4.1 General records
    • 512.4.2 Records of the Health Resources Management Branch
  • 512.5 Textual Records (General) 1953-79
  • 512.6 Machine-Readable Records (General)
  • 512.7 Still Pictures (General)

512.1 Administrative History

Established: In the Public Health Service (PHS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), effective September 1, 1982, by HHS reorganization order, August 20, 1982, consolidating the Health Resources Administration and the Health Services Administration.

Predecessor Agencies:

In the Public Health Service, Federal Security Agency (FSA, 1943- 53), Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (1953-79), and Department of Health and Human Services (1979-82):

  • Bureau of Medical Services (BMS, 1943-67)
  • Bureau of State Services (BSS, 1943-67)
  • Bureau of Health Services (BHS, 1967-68)
  • Bureau of Health Manpower (BHM, 1967-68)
  • Bureau of Disease Prevention and Environmental Control (BDPEC, 1967-68)
  • BHS, Health Services and Mental Health Administration (HSMHA, 1968-73)
  • BHM, National Institutes of Health (NIH, 1968-69)
  • Bureau of Health Professions Education and Manpower Training, NIH (1969-70)
  • Bureau of Health Manpower Education, NIH (1970-73)
  • Health Resources Administration (1973-82)
  • Health Services Administration (1973-82)

Functions: Administers, through its constituent units, federal general health care programs, including training and education of health care professionals, federal employee health services, rural health, infant mortality abatement, and minority health needs. Administered, through the Indian Health Service, Indian health programs, 1982-88.

Related Records:
Records of the Food and Drug Administration, RG 88.
Records of the Public Health Service, 1912-1968, RG 90.
Records of the Environmental Protection Agency, RG 412.
Records of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, RG 442.
Records of the National Institutes of Health, RG 443.
Records of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration, RG 511.
Records of the Indian Health Service, RG 513.
Records of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, RG 514.

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512.2 General Records of the Health Services and Mental Health
Administration
1971

History: Bureau of Medical Services and Bureau of State Services established as headquarters components of PHS by PHS Reorganization Order No. 1, December 30, 1943, implementing the Public Health Service Act (57 Stat. 587), November 11, 1943. BMS administered PHS hospitals, clinics, and outpatient facilities; provided health services to Indians and Alaska natives; administered quarantine laws; and provided advice and personnel to assist federal agencies in developing and implementing employee health care programs. BSS administered PHS federal-state and interstate programs in areas of community health, including construction of hospitals and other medical facilities, training and utilization of health manpower, and control of communicable diseases; and environmental health, including air pollution control, community sanitation, solid waste disposal, and pesticides.

BMS and BSS abolished by HEW reorganization order, June 29, 1967, pursuant to Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1966, effective June 25, 1966, with functions of BMS and community health service and hospital construction program responsibilities of BSS to newly established Bureau of Health Services; BSS health professional training and development functions to Bureau of Health Manpower; and BSS communicable disease control and environmental health responsibilities to Bureau of Disease Prevention and Environmental Control.

By HEW reorganization order, April 1, 1968, BHM was assigned to the National Institutes of Health, and BHS and BDPEC were assigned to the newly created Health Services and Mental Health Administration (HSMHA), which also acquired the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a previously autonomous PHS component.

BDPEC abolished by HEW reorganization order, July 1, 1968. Its component National Communicable Disease Center (NCDC) was retained by HSMHA, and its environmental functions were transferred to a new PHS agency, the Consumer Protection and Environmental Health Service (see RG 88 and RG 412).

HSMHA reorganized, effective October 31, 1968, to consist of the following nine operating components: National Center for Health Services and Research and Development (see RG 510), National Center for Health Statistics, NCDC, NIMH, Health Facilities Planning and Construction Service, Community Health Service, Regional Medical Programs Service, Indian Health Service, and Federal Health Programs Service. NCDC redesignated Center for Disease Control (CDC), June 24, 1970.

HSMHA abolished by HEW reorganization order, effective July 1, 1973. CDC assumed autonomous status within PHS (see RG 442); NIMH transferred to NIH and then to newly established Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (see RG 511); and remaining functions of HSMHA were assigned to newly established Health Services Administration (HSA) and Health Resources Administration (HRA). HRA at same time acquired the Bureau of Health Manpower (see 512.3) from NIH. HRA and HSA consolidated to form HRSA, 1982. See 512.1.

Textual Records: Annual reports of PHS hospitals, 1971.

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512.3 Records of the Bureau of Health Professions and its
Predecessors
1935-93

History: Bureau of Health Manpower established in PHS by reorganization of June 29, 1967, and transferred to NIH in reorganization of April 1, 1968. Redesignated Bureau of Health Professions Education and Manpower Training, NIH, January 4, 1969. Redesignated Bureau of Health Manpower Education, NIH, September 18, 1970. Transferred to newly established Health Resources Administration, July 1, 1973, and consolidated with HSMHA Community Health Service and Health Facilities Planning and Construction Service to form Bureau of Health Resources Development. Separate Bureau of Health Manpower established by HEW reorganization order, May 5, 1975. Redesignated Bureau of Health Professions by HHS reorganization order, March 18, 1980. Became part of HRSA, September 1, 1982.

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512.3.1 General records

Textual Records: Records of the Bureau of Health Manpower Education and its predecessor, the Bureau of Health Manpower, consisting of correspondence of the director, 1970-71; and subject files, 1967-71.

Machine-Readable Records: Area Resource File (ARF), containing data (1940-93) on geographic distribution of health manpower, facilities, and training in the United States, 1971-93, with supporting documentation (19 data sets). National sample survey of registered nurses, 1977, 1980, 1984, and 1988 (4 data sets).

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512.3.2 Records of the Division of Dental Health

History: Dental Health Section established in the States Relations Division, Bureau of State Services, 1944. Redesignated Division of Dental Public Health upon abolishment of States Relations Service, 1949. Division of Dental Resources established in Bureau of Medical Services, 1949. Divisions consolidated to form Division of Dental Public Health and Resources, BSS, September 1, 1960. Redesignated Division of Dental Health, 1965. Assigned to Bureau of Health Manpower, 1967. Remained under Bureau of Health Manpower and successor organizations in National Institutes of Health, 1968-73. Became Division of Dentistry in Bureau of Health Resources Development, 1974. Assigned to newly established Bureau of Manpower, 1975. Consolidated with Division of Associated Health Professions to form Division of Associated and Dental Health Professions, Bureau of Health Professions, 1980.

Textual Records: State correspondence relating to fluoridation, 1955-72.

Photographs: Dental diseases and treatment, 1935-55 (D, 600 images). See also 512.7.

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512.3.3 Records of the National Advisory Health Manpower Council
(NAHMC)

History: Established, effective January 1, 1967, pursuant to EO 11007, February 26, 1962, to advise on matters relating to health manpower.

Textual Records: Records of or relating to meetings of the NAHMC, 1967-73. Records relating to staffing, 1962-70, and index to council members, 1967-73.

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512.4 Records of the Division of Emergency Health Services
(DEHS), Federal Health Programs Service (FHPS)
1953-74

History: Division of Health Mobilization established in the Bureau of State Services, 1959. Transferred to the Office of the Surgeon General, July 1960. Assigned to Bureau of Health Services in PHS reorganization of 1967. Transferred to HSMHA and assigned, as Division of Emergency Health Services, to newly established Federal Health Programs Service, October 31, 1968. FHPS and DEHS transferred to Health Services Administration in reorganization of July 1, 1973. FHPS redesignated Bureau of Medical Services, 1974. DEHS abolished, 1981, with functions to Bureau of Community Health Services.

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512.4.1 General records

Textual Records: Reading files, 1961-74. Program progress reports, 1968-73. Regional work plans, 1968-74. Memorandums, 1961-71. Press releases, 1962-70. Health mobilization, disaster, and emergency manuals, 1960-74. Training kits, 1961-74.

Photographic Prints: Disaster and medical assistance work of the DEHS, 1953-74 (M, 525 images). See also 512.7.

Color Slides: Courses in Health Mobilization Training for Communities and Environmental Health Personnel in Disasters, 1964 (H, T, 407 images), with related training manuals. See also 512.7.

Filmstrips: Instruction in managing a Civil Defense Emergency Hospital, 1962 (FS, 5 items). See also 512.7.

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512.4.2 Records of the Health Resources Management Branch

Textual Records: Correspondence, reports, and other records, 1968-74.

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512.5 Textual Records (General)
1953-79

Records of the Organizations, Directives, and Authorities Branch, 1953-72. Records of the Health Maintenance Office Program of the Community Health Service, 1971-72. Records of the U.S. National Committee on Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, 1948-72. Records of the Office of Program Planning, Federal Health Programs Service, 1968-75. Records of the PHS Hospital Ad Hoc Advisory Committee, Bureau of Medical Services, 1977-79. Records of the Bureau of Health Services Development, including transcripts of minutes of meetings of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Training, 1965-72; records of the Federal Hospital Council, 1965-75; and records of committees and other groups, 1968-75. Records of the Long Term Care for the Elderly Research and Advisory Committee, Bureau of Health Services Research, 1965-75. Meeting report of the Surgeon General's Advisory Group on Community Heath Services, February 7-8, 1963. Records of meetings, National Advisory Community Heath Committee, 1963-65. Records of the Subcommittee on Research in Community Heath, including records relating to the meeting of June 23, 1963; a 1963 paper by Dr. Gilbert Barnhart entitled "The Role of Research in Community Health;" and final report, 1964.

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512.6 Machine-Readable Records (General)

See also 512.3.1.

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512.7 Still Pictures (General) See Photographs under 512.3.2.
See Photographic Prints under 512.4.1.
See Color Slides under 512.4.1.
See Filmstrips under 512.4.1.


Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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